Letters: Marina Ovsyannikova; GOP leadership; health care and politicians – Loveland Reporter-Herald


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During these difficult, chaotic times, we all need to be inspired by someone greater than ourselves. The name Marina Ovsyannikova may not be known to many of you. She decided to speak out about the lies and propaganda regarding Russia’s war on Ukraine. She did this in spite of great risk to her job and career as a Russian journalist.
Her message and protest was done in a very retro, powerful way. She paraded across a live TV broadcast with a poster that read in English “Russians against war.” She undoubtedly knew she would face consequences for her act of rebellion. She pre-recorded a video condemning the war on Ukraine and the shame she felt for participating in the propaganda about the war. She reached out to the Russian people, “We are Russian people; we are smart and thoughtful, it is in our power to stop the madness.” At even greater risk to her personal safety she made this heroic plea: “Take to the streets, do not be afraid. They can’t jail us all.”
The world should show the courage, conviction, sense of responsibility and sense of right shown by Ovsyannikova. She continues to speak out on her personal social media: “Stop war.” She was recently hired by a German media company where she will report on the war. Often a single voice
can make a difference in a chaotic world.
Larry Roche
Windsor
It is now more than a year after the 2020 presidential election. The candidate with the most votes was determined, and it was not Donald Trump. Despite the effort to overthrow the election, the vote was certified by Congress. Trump’s claims that the election was stolen have failed consistently in all the numerous court hearings, vote recounts and dubious investigations undertaken on his behalf. Yet we still have numerous Republican politicians endorsing Trump’s claims of election theft without offering any credible evidence to support those claims. The fact is that Trump was fired by the electorate.
Under these circumstances the continuing endorsement of Trump’s failed claims by Republican Party leadership raises questions concerning their rationality or truthfulness.
Continuing allegiance to a claim that has failed every effort to establish its validity is irrational. A more troubling explanation may be that they know that the election was not stolen but consider it politically expedient to endorse the theft claim anyway. That would make those politicians fully complicit in Trump’s false claim. If they believe it is politically expedient to sustain a lie then apparently, they believe that Republican voters are easily deceived or are willing to knowingly subscribe to a lie.
When endorsement of what is known to be a lie becomes a condition for acceptance in good standing as a party member, then party membership becomes dishonorable. To deserve trust politicians must be rational and truthful, both qualities that seem to have been dismissed by current Republican party leaders.
Ralph Jacobs
Loveland
Republican Rep. Mike Lynch and Republican Sen. Rob Woodward, in their recent guest opinion, claimed that unelected health care officials took authority not granted to them to impose mandates
for masks and other measures to control the epidemic. They proposed legislation to require legislative approval to impose mandates in the face of an emergency. They wanted to make more rules and regulations to solve a problem that doesn’t exist. Have they forgotten that almost 1 million Americans and more than 12,000 Coloradans died of COVID?
Political partisanship heavily influenced pandemic-related health decisions. Republican led states and counties in the country had significantly higher death rates from COVID. Misinformation about
restrictions, masks and vaccinations was driven by politicians. The last thing we need is political interference in science-based recommendations. I thought that Republicans stood for fewer rules and regulations, not more. State legislators and county commissioners already have mechanisms to overrule inappropriate mandates.
When the next pandemic hits, I hope that we are better prepared, and that politicians do not interfere with health care decisions that are science based and not political in origin. The very idea that politicians should participate in the decisions of medical professionals is beyond ludicrous.
Jerry Chase MD FACP
Loveland
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